SIGNS OF CHANGE Part I

Sunflowers jazz up fadding hydrangeas


Fall is less than two weeks away. The signs have been around us for days. The hydrangeas are fading. Already I’m sweeping up oak leaves on the patio.  Pumpkins and mums dominate displays in floral shops. Razorback red (or name your team & color), candy corn and Halloween costumes are out in full force, beckoning us to buy. 

Just a few of our winged friends

Instead of four hummingbirds, now 20+ compete for a place at at our feeders as they prepare for the long flight South. One morning we’ll wake up and they will be gone.

I must confess at first I resisted the thought of fall. It’s been too hot. Where did summer go? I’m not ready. 

But it doesn’t matter whether I’m ready or not. The hummers will fly south, and fall will come as surely as the sun will rise and set each day.  I don’t want to be left behind, so I’m coming round. I’ve pulled out an arrangement of autumn leaves and a fat little pumpkin. So far I’ve resisted the candy corn, but it sure tastes good with cocktail peanuts. 

I don’t always recognize when God is bringing a change of season into my life, but He is patient. As evidence stacks up, I’m learning to embrace the freshness and excitement of something new. 

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What about you? Can you remember a time when you suddenly realized He was bringing change to your life? 


I hope we will all accept changing seasons and concentrate on what is next instead of looking back with longing. Change can be scary because only He knows what new paths will open before us. But God is trustworthy, and isn’t that what makes life with Him so exciting?


Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it. 
Isaiah 43:19

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8 thoughts on “SIGNS OF CHANGE Part I

  1. I don't ever miss summer per se, only the easy feeling that comes with it—the lake vacations and time spent gardening, lightning bugs… But this morning, fall is definitely in the air and I love it. I plan to walk to farmer's market and later this afternoon, the library. Feels a bit like freedom.

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  2. I am a big opponent of change, except when it comes to weather. And of course, like most, I only like it when it changes to the type of weather that I like. I have to admit that I do not like the change from Spring to Summer. I am not a big fan of hot and humid days, and find myself seeking darkness and coolness. But I love the change from Winter to Spring. It is so fresh and new. A lot like the feeling that you get after spending time in worship. Fall is the other favorite time because of the crisp air and the wonderful colors that God has put out in the world for us to see. If there was ever a doubt that HE exists, just look at the trees on a crisp fall day, or at the beautifully painted skies on a cool fall night.

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  3. So cool this morning as I sat out and read the papers, I put on a long-sleeved shirt and jerked a lap robe from a chair. Noises of Saturday morning chores–mowing, specifically–feel and sound like “getting ready.” Thinking now of when to move plants inside and also about going to WCDH the late October. Good post.

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  4. Love your pictures and insights! I wish we had more summer that wasn't raining or miserable hot. But, I do love fall. Changing seasons are tough, I think, in life and nature. I think for me, I fail to see that God is guiding the change in “life season” and I get frustrated instead of asking him to show me what I need to see. When the season change is painful, it is even more difficult.

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